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Joshua Ayers

Regulations Development Officer
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Joshua is a Senior Program Analyst with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), where he develops regulations and policies governing the safety and labeling of meat, poultry, and egg products. Since 2020, Joshua has served as the lead analyst for issues related to the oversight of cell-cultured meat or poultry food products. In this capacity, he has been intricately involved in building the legal framework that has facilitated the introduction of cell-cultured foods into U.S. commerce. Joshua also leads the development of labeling requirements for cell-cultured meat or poultry food products. In addition, he acts as the FSIS liaison to FDA to ensure they are effectively collaborating as envisioned under the interagency agreement on the oversight of human foods produced using animal cell culture technology. Prior to FSIS, Joshua spent several years with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, where he helped establish and maintain stable markets for fruits, vegetables, and specialty crops as well as enforce consistent national standards for organically produced agricultural products sold in the United States. He has also served as an enlisted environmental response and preparedness specialist in the U.S. Coast Guard. Joshua is a licensed attorney with a master’s degree in environmental policy.

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Panel Discussion: Safeguarding alt protein safety – tailored regulations for the future

The burgeoning alternative protein space promises a revolution in food production, but alongside innovation comes the crucial responsibility of ensuring consumer safety. Join us for a dynamic panel...

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April 24, 2024
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